18th Annual Memorial Day Kendo Tournament (Sunday May 25th, 2014)


Sunday, May 25th, 2014

RSVP: May 6


1. Date: Sunday, May 25th, 2014
2. Place: Marina High School (15871 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649)
3. Roll Call: On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:00 am (PST).
4. Eligibility: Valid AUSKF Member
5. Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (three kenshi per team)

  • 12 years and under Division
  • 13-15 years Division
  • 16-18 years Division
  • Adult Kyu Division (19 years and up) Division
  • Yudansha Division
  • Over 40 years and below 4 Dan Division

6. Tournament Fees: (non-refundable)
18 years and under $15.00
19 years and up $20.00
Bento (Lunch box): $8.00
7. Tournament Deadline: May 10th, 2014 (Applications and tournament fees must be emailed and postmarked by this date)

Please make check payable to BUTOKUDEN, and give it to Nagisa Sensei or Natsuko Takahashi-san. 

Please use the form below to register to the tournament.



Sunday, May 25th, 2014


1. Each team consists of three members. Team members may consist of individuals from the same or

different dojos or regions.

2. Each team is requested to choose a name that is a Dojo Name followed by a letter from the

alphabet representing the team.

3. Example: WLA-A, Long Beach-B, Gardena-C, etc., for each division.

4. A HEAD CONTACT PERSON over the age of 18 should be assigned to each team. Please provide a

contact number or e-mail on the application form.

5. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the

Federation of International Kendo (FIK).

6. Tsuki waza is authorized for YUDANSHA DIVISION only.

7. Division Ranks as of May 1, 2014

8. Age as of May 25th, 2014

9. Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing their own

Me-Jirushi (Red/White indicator)

10. Each dojo should provide one or more shinpan for every 10 participants.

However, we would like to ask any available qualified shinpan to volunteer for this event.

11. In order to run the tournament efficiently, please have an adult accompany youth division teams at

all times.

12. It will be an automatic loss by default if one is not present at the time of the match. There will be

no exceptions for those who have already been declared a loss by default.

13. Team members cannot be modified after the tournament deadline date. However, if unforeseen

situations such as injuries occur, the tournament committee will allow dialogue for possible team

changes. Please promptly notify the SCKO Competition Committee of any team changes. The SCKO

Competition Committee has the right to decline any team changes after the tournament deadline


1. Tournament rounds will be single elimination.

2. The individual match is conducted according to SANBON-SHOBU, and the chief judge will announce

its duration at the opening ceremony.

3. If no winner is determined within the duration, a draw will be declared.

4. Determination of the winning team will be made in the following order of precedence:

A) Higher number of individual winners, but in a case of a tie

B) If the number of individual winners is the same, the higher number of points scored.

Should A and B turn out to be even, a one point match play-off (daihyo-sen, ippon

shobu) between representatives of the two teams will determine the winning team.




Practice Time: 3pm-6pm,May 3rd, 2014

We will have a Shiai and Keiko with many kenshis.

Please join us for a joint dinner after the conclusion of practice.


Silverado Park
1545 West 31st. Street
Long Beach, CA

Shin Sensei’s “Have a Safe Trip” and Nagisa Sensei’s Welcome Potluck Party

Dear Butokuden Members:

As you know Shin Sensei will be temporarily going back to Japan on April 8 (actually, he is going to Portugal for 9 weeks to teach Kendo, before going back to Japan). So, his last practice at our Dojo will be April 3. He is planned to come back to our Dojo in October.

Most of the non-bogus, or the ones that recently started wearing the Bogu, have been taught by Shin sensei.  Also, he has been running a special Keiko on Wednesdays to strengthen our Junior group.

So, I would like to have a pot-luck party for him on April 3 as following:

  • 1BU: Normal schedule
  • Joint 2BU and 3BU: 5PM – 7PM (Adults: Even if you are late, please try to make it to the last part of the practice)
  • Potluck Party: 7PM – 9PM (1BU Kids too, please attend!)

Please sign up using the form below, so we have an idea of the number of people who are going to be present, and the type of food we will have.

Starting next week, Nagisa Sensei will be helping me teach the Non-bogu group as Shin sensei did. She will be arriving to our Dojo this week. Nagisa sensei has recently graduated from the Osaka University of Education, and she is planning to stay here for 1 year, working at E-BOGU and training with us. She has won many titles in Japan. Just to name a few: All Japan High School Champion, All Japan University Champion. Watch her 2012 University Championships finals here. http://youtu.be/Frnq_z0Jypw (Nagisa is the one on red Mejirushi)

I hope everyone can make it to practice and party!


2014 Portuguese National Team and Latin American Leader’s Joint Gasshuku (March 15 – 22)

I have been coaching the Portuguese National team for the last 10 years, and since 2013, they have been coming to BUTOKUDEN Dojo for a week of Kendo Gasshuku. This year, we have also invited the Latin American countries leaders to come and participate at our Gasshuku. We will have participants from Portugal, Mexico, Ecuador, Aruba and Colombia.

Anyone in the area, who wants to participate at any time slots are welcome to attend. I recommend the Asageiko (Morning practice). It makes your day much more productive. Here is the tentative schedule for the Gasshuku. (Click to enlarge)


Morning Practices (Jigeiko only)

Basic Practice @ Butokuden
We will focus on basic practices without and with Bogu. Footwork, Suburi, Basic Strikes, and Bokuto Ni Yoru Kihon Keikoho

Advanced Practice @ Butokuden
We will focus in Drills, Waza Practice, Kata, Shiai, Shinpan Skills
We will have Jigeiko at the end of each practice

USA Team Practice
Tentatively schedule a joint practice with the USA team (If schedule matches)

Regular Butokuden Keiko Junior
Our Dojo Elementary School and Junior High School Class. Join the drills and learn how to teach a kids class. Our juniors were USA Champion in 2012

Regular Butokuden Keiko Adult
Our Dojo High School and older Class. Join the drills and learn how to teach adults.

Butokuden Open Jigeiko
Once a week, we have Jigeiko only pracitce, and many people from other Dojos come and join our practices

SCKO (Southern California Kendo Organization) Godogeiko @ Butokuden
Our Organization monthly practice. About 60 people from different Dojos join the practice

SCKO Team Practice @ Butokuden
SCKO Team practice preparing for the 2014 All USA Kendo Tournament



2014 SCKO Spring Promotion Exam (April 20, 2014)

1.Date                               April 20, 2014
2.Time:                            Roll call     Kyu group: 9:00 AM, Yudansha group: 12:30 PM
3.Place:                           Butokuden Dojo
4.Deadline:               March 23, 2014
5.Examination Fee:
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $20.00
1 Dan $15.00
2 Dan $25.00
3 Dan $35.00
4 Dan $45.00

certificate fee(if passed)
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $20.00
1 Dan $30.00
2 Dan $40.00
3 Dan $60.00
4 Dan $80.00
6.Examination items: Kendo match: All ranks (6 Kyu – 4 Dan)
Bokuto Keiko hou fundamental: 1 to 4(3 Kyu); 1 to 6(2 Kyu); 1 to 9(1 Kyu);
Nihon Kendo kata: 1 to 3(1 Kyu); 1 to 5(1 Dan); 1 to 7(2 Dan); 1 to 10(3 Dan and 4 Dan)
Written test:    1 Kyu, 1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan and 4 Dan

(*1) All 1kyu and 1Dan through 4Dan taking exam must complete the attached written test prior to the exam date. They must submit this on the day of the exam. Written test is last stages of your examination.
(*2) Enclosed is only one copy of each Rank test. Therefore, please make additional copies of the written test and distribute to examination applicants.
(*3) Examinees, which successfully pass all stages of the rank exam, MUST pay Certificate (Menjo) fee at the day of the exam, after the results are announced. Without order certificate, the passed rank will annul.
(*4) AUSKF issue Only English certificate.
(*5) All examinees must be a member of AUSKF and pay their annual fee before submit this examination.

Please fill the following foam if you will take this promotion exam.

52nd Steveston Kendo Tournament at Vancouver, Canada (February 8, 2014)

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

As I mentioned during my Christmas presentation, the Steveston Tournament will be on Feb 23, in Steveston, BC, Canada. This is one of the biggest tournament in North America, with participants from Canada, USA, and Hawaii. It is only a 2 hours flight, and the food is great. If you want to stay a few extra days, one of the best skiing in the world, is not too far away. The entry fee is by donation. If you are interested, please sign up using the form below. Please RSVP by January 14.


Date: February 8, 2014 9:00am

Location: McMath High School, 4251 Garry Street, Richmond, B.C.

Fee: Donation

Hotel Info: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

Ph: (604) 273.7878

Room rates: $114/night + tax



Individual matches

Junior > 10 Years & Under > 11–13 Years > 14–15 Years Ladies > 16 Years+ (1 Dan & Under) > 16 Years+ Older (2 Dan & Over)

Adult Kyu > 16 Years+ (0–4 KYU) > 16 Years+ (1–3 KYU)

Yudansha > 1–2 dan > 3 dan > 4 dan+

Team Matches > Junior (15 years & under) > Senior (16 years+)

PLEASE NOTE 1. There will only be one (1) encho of “2 min” for individual junior/non-degree/ ladies/1-2 dan divisions as well as only one (1) “3 min” encho for the 3 dan/4 dan & above divisions. 2. Categories are subject to change depending upon the number of entries. 3. Participants will be allowed to enter into one (1) individual category only. 4. Due to the high number of entrants and the use of five (5) courts, it will be the responsibility of each Kenshi/Delegation Leader to ensure that their players are available at their designated courts or risk disqualification.

Kubota Memorial Tournament (January 26, 2014)

Date: January 26, 2014


Place: Wilson Park Gymnasium

2200 Crenshaw Blvd.

Torrance     CA


Dead line: December 22, 2013


Tournament Fees:

17 and under $15.00 (Kyu )

18 and older $20.00 (Adult Kyu and Yudansha)

Bento- $ 8.00



0-6 kyu (13 and under) / 5-4 kyu / 3-1 kyu /Women’s kyu (14 and under)

Adult kyu (18 and older) / Women’s dan / 1-2 dan / 3-4 dan / 5 dan and above

Seniors A (50-59) / Seniors B (60 and older)


Please fill out the below for registration.


BUTOKUDEN Dojo Toshigoshi Keiko 2013 – 2014

 Dec 31: Toshigoshi Keiko (11 pm)

This is an annual event at our Dojo. We have been doing Toshigoshi Keiko since the start of our Dojo, back in 2004. We start practice at 11:00PM on new year’s eve, practice until midnight, we stop the Keiko to celebrate the new year, and then we go back to practice again, until approximately 1AM.  After practice please stay to enjoy Mrs. Ariga’s delicious Ozoni (Japanese traditional Mochi Soup). All levels from all Dojos are welcome to participate.

Dec 31 Schedule:

  • Dojo Opens at 10:45PM
  • 2013 Practice starts at 11:15 PM (Jigeiko Only, so please warm up yourself prior to Keiko)
  • 2013 Practice ends at 11:55 PM
  • New Year Celebration!
  • 2014 Practice starts at 00:10 AM
  • 2014 Practice ends at 00:50 AM
  • Ozoni and Sake Party

Pictures from 2012 – 2013 Toshigoshi Keiko

Toshigoshi Keiko 2012 -2013 IMG_2312_tnIMG_2304_tn IMG_2307_tn

Please sign up below, so we now approximate people are coming, in order to prepare the Ozoni.

Team SCKO Try-out for 2014 All US Kendo Championships (28 & 29 December, 2013 / 4 & 5 January, 2014)


Dec.28 and 29, 2013: All divisions except Men’s

Jan.4 and 5, 2014: Men’s division only



Butokuden dojo


Entry fee:

$25 / one division


Dead line:

December 8th, 2013



The SCKO already announced qualifications by first letter (2014 Team SCKO Guidelines) but if you didn’t have it, visit www.scko.org and download available.


Kenshis may only compete in One (1) division for the AUSKF Championships. however, you may enter a kenshi in as many divisions as desired for the SCKO qualification process, as long as the participate meets the eligibility requirements, and pays the appropriate entry fee of $25 per division entered. Entry fee are non-refundable.



The divisions of 2014 AUSKF Championship are not settle by AUSKF yet but we will start registration based on last time AUSKF Championship.

Men: 16 years and over

Women: 16 years and over

Jr. Youth Boys: 12- 15 years

Jr. Youth Girls: 12- 15 years

Sr. Youth Boys: 16 – 18 years

Sr. Youth Girls: 16 – 18 years

Senior 50 years + and 3 Dan or higher.

Adult (Mudansha): 19 + and 1 Kyu or lower.


Date: Saturday December 14th, 2013

Time: TBD

Location: TBD


SCKO, SCKF, and WKF will hold special kendo seminar by Hamasaki sensei 8dan from Japan. I will update details as soon as I receive more information from AUSKF.